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Dictionary Definition

dear adj
1 dearly loved [syn: beloved, darling]
2 with or in a close or intimate relationship; "a good friend"; "my sisters and brothers are near and dear" [syn: good, near]
3 earnest; "one's dearest wish"; "devout wishes for their success"; "heartfelt condolences" [syn: devout, earnest, heartfelt]
4 having a high price; "costly jewelry"; "high-priced merchandise"; "much too dear for my pocketbook"; "a pricey restaurant" [syn: costly, dear(p), high-priced, pricey, pricy]


1 a beloved person; used as terms of endearment [syn: beloved, dearest, loved one, honey, love]
2 a sweet innocent mild-mannered person (especially a child) [syn: lamb] adv
1 with affection; "she loved him dearly"; "he treats her affectionately" [syn: dearly, affectionately]
2 at a great cost; "he paid dearly for the food"; "this cost him dear" [syn: dearly]

User Contributed Dictionary



dere, from deore. Confer Dutch duur, German teuer Swedish dyr.




  1. Loved; lovable.
  2. High in price; expensive.
  3. Precious to or greatly valued by someone.
  4. A formal way of addressing somebody at the beginning of a letter.
  5. A formal way of addressing somebody one likes or regards kindly.


loved; lovable
  • Czech: drahý, milý
  • Finnish: rakas
  • German: lieb
  • Hebrew: יקיר
  • Hungarian: drága, kedves
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: خۆشه‌ویست
  • Russian: дорогой, милый
  • Slovene: drag, draga, drago
high in price; expensive
  • Czech: drahý
  • Finnish: kallis
  • German: teuer
  • Hebrew: יקר (yaqar)
  • Hungarian: drága
  • Russian: дорогой
  • Slovene: drag, draga, drago
precious to or greatly valued by someone
  • Finnish: rakas, arvokas, tärkeä
  • German: teuer
  • Hungarian: drága, kedves
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: ئازیز
  • Russian: дорогой, ценный
  • Slovene: drag, draga, drago
a formal way of addressing somebody at the beginning of a letter
  • Finnish: hyvä
  • German: Lieber, Teuerer (always capitalized)
  • Hungarian: drága, kedves
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: به‌ڕێز
  • Russian: уважаемый
  • Slovene: dragi , draga
a formal way of addressing somebody one likes or regards kindly
  • Finnish: rakas
  • German: Sehr Geehrter/Geehrte
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: گیان
  • Russian: дорогой
  • Slovene: dragi , draga


  1. A very kind, loving person.
    My niece is such a dear, she's always drawing me pictures.

Derived terms


a very kind, loving person
  • German: Liebste, Liebster, Teuerste, Teuerster




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  1. To draw (design).



Extensive Definition

is a Japanese manga series created by Japanese mangaka Cocoa Fujiwara. It was first serialized in the shōnen manga magazine Monthly Gangan Wing in June 2002, published by Square Enix. Currently, twelve volumes have been released in Japan. dear is set in the same world as Fujiwara's other work, Watashi no Ookami-san.
dear in Japanese: dear
dear in Chinese: dear 親愛的

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

admired, adored, affectionate, angel, at a premium, at great cost, at great expense, at heavy cost, babe, baby, baby-doll, beloved, beloved object, beyond price, buttercup, cherished, cherub, chick, chickabiddy, costly, crush, darling, dear one, dear-bought, dearly, dearly beloved, deary, devoted, doll, doting, duck, duckling, esteemed, expensive, fancy, favored, favorite, fond, golden, good as gold, heartthrob, held dear, high, high-priced, hon, honey, honey bunch, honey child, honored, inestimable, invaluable, lamb, lambkin, light of love, love, loved, loved one, lover, lovesome, luxurious, not affordable, of great cost, of great price, pet, petkins, popular, precious, precious heart, premium, priceless, pricey, prized, revered, rich, snookums, steep, stiff, sugar, sumptuous, sweet, sweetheart, sweetie, sweetkins, sweets, top, treasure, treasured, truelove, unpayable, valuable, valued, venerated, well-beloved, well-liked, white-haired, worthy
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